Premier League previews
TODAY (3pm unlesss stated)
Everton (9) v Liverpool (3), Goodison Park, 12.30pm (Sky Sports)
Idrissa Gana Gueye should be fit to return for Everton and defender Ashley Williams is available again after completing a three-match ban following his dismissal against Burnley.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has a raft of injuries to contend with. Forward Mohamed Salah is unlikely to be risked after sustaining a groin injury against Manchester City in midweek, while midfielders Emre Can (back), Adam Lallana (hamstring) and Ben Woodburn are all out. Ragnar Klavan has a chance of making the squad.
Last five: Everton LLWWL; Liverpool WWLWW
Top scorers: Rooney (Everton) 10; Salah (Liverpool) 38
Match odds: 3-1; D 13-5; A 10-11
Referee: Michael Oliver
Bournemouth (10) v Crystal Palace (17), Vitality Stadium Bournemouth will be without midfielder Junior Stanislas for the rest of the Premier League season following knee surgery. Captain Simon Francis (hamstring) will be assessed and forward Lys Mousset could be available. Christian Benteke faces a late fitness test with Palace’s other senior recognised strikers, Alexander Sorloth and Connor Wickham, already ruled out. James Tomkins is again available for selection, but Jeffrey Schlupp, Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Bakary Sako remain long-term absentees.
Last five: Bournemouth DDLWD; Crystal Palace LLLWL
Top scorers: Wilson (Bournemouth) 8; Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) 9
Match odds: H 6-4; D 23-10; A 9-5
Referee: Jon Moss
Brighton (13) v Huddersfield (16), Amex Stadium
Brighton will give Dale Stephens (hamstring) every chance to prove his fitness. Loanee Leonardo Ulloa can return having been ineligible for last weekend’s 2-0 loss against parent club Leicester. Huddersfield will be without Elias Kachunga for the rest of the season (ankle ligaments). Aside from long-term absentees Danny Williams (leg) and Michael Hefele (knee), manager David Wagner has every other first-team player at his disposal.
Last five: Brighton DWWLL; Huddersfield WLDLL
Top scorers: Murray (Brighton) 13; Mounie (Huddersfield) 8
Match odds: H 4-5; D 23-10; A 195
Leicester (8) v Newcastle (12), King Power Stadium
Leicester midfielder Matty James Anthony Taylor (Cheshire) been ruled out for the rest of the season following Achilles tendon surgery. Wilfred Ndidi is suspended.
Loan striker Islam Slimani is ineligible but fellow frontman Joselu is fit after recovering from an ankle injury, while midfielder Mohamed Diame has shaken off the knock which saw him limp off against the Terriers.
Last five: Leicester LDDWW; Newcastle WDLWW
Top scorers: Vardy (Leicester) 18; Gayle & Perez (Newcastle) 5
Match odds: H 1-1; D 5-2; A 13-5
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Manchester City (1) v Manchester United (2), Etihad Stadium, 5.30pm (Sky Sports)
Manchester City will check on the fitness of Sergio Aguero, while Sergio Romero is the only United absentee. The back-up goalkeeper is sidelined after being involved in a collision on Argentina duty, with 17-year-old Matej Kovar brought into first-team training on the eve of the derby. Versatile Daley Blind is back in contention for United, while Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera have also recently returned to full fitness.
Last five: Man City WWWWW; Man Utd LWWWW
Top scorers: Aguero (Man City) 30; Lukaku (Man Utd) 26
Match odds: H 19-20; D 13-5; A 14-5
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Stoke (19) v Tottenham (4), Bet365 Stadium, Sky Sports ROI Kurt Zouma could return to the Stoke squad, having missed the defeat to Arsenal with a knee injury. Striker Mame Diouf (calf) will also be assessed. Eric Maxim Choupo-moting (groin) is likely to miss out again, while Charlie Adam is still suspended. Harry Kane could be in line to start for Spurs. The England striker made his quickfire return from ankle ligament damage at Chelsea as a substitute last week and is now in contention for a starting berth. Harry Winks is, however, still missing with an ankle injury of his own.
Last five: Stoke DDLLL; Tottenham WWWWW
Top scorers: Shaqiri (Stoke) 7; Kane (Tottenham) 35
Match odds: H 8-1; D 19-5; A 1-3
Referee: Graham Scott
Watford (11) v Burnley (7), Vicarage Road,
Watford defender Christian Kabasele has returned to training after his hamstring problem. Defender Craig Cathcart made his return from a hip injury as a substitute against Bournemouth last weekend and should be involved again.
Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton is back in contention after being out since September with a dislocated shoulder. Johann Berg Gudmundsson is hoping to recover from a calf strain but defender Ben Mee is doubtful due to a knock sustained in training, while Scott Arfield (calf) and Jonathan Walters (knee) are still out.
Last five: Watford WWLLD; Burnhas ley LDWWW
Top scorers: Richarlison (Watford) 8; Wood (Burnley) 10
Match odds: H 13-10; D 21-10; A 23-10
Referee: Paul Tierney
West Brom (20) v Swansea (15), The Hawthorns
Sam Field should be back in the West Brom squad. The young midfielder missed the defeat to Burnley with a calf injury sustained on international duty but trained this week. Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) are making progress but the game will probably come to soon, while Gareth Barry will probably miss the rest of the season. Midfielder Sam Clucas is set to feature for Swansea after recovering from a knee injury. Renato Sanches (hamstring) and Angel Rangel (groin) remain out, although Rangel has started training again, while Jordan Ayew serves the final game of a three-match ban.
Last five: West Brom LLLLL; Swansea WLWDL
Top scorers: Rondon & Rodriguez (West Brom) 9; Jordan Ayew (Swansea) 10
Match odds: H 7-5; D 11-5; A 2-1
Referee: Roger East
Arsenal (6) v Southampton (18), Emirates Stadium, 2.15pm (Sky Sports)
Arsenal will be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan, after the Armenia international limped out of Thursday’s Europa League win over CSKA Moscow. Goalkeeper David Ospina (ankle) is also sidelined, as is long-term absentee Santi Cazorla (Achilles), but Pierre-emerick Aubameyang can return having been cup-tied in Europe. Southampton’s Mario Lemina faces a late fitness test before their manager Mark Hughes selects his starting XI for Sunday’s visit to Arsenal.
The defensive midfielder is yet to fully recover from a virus but returned to training on Friday and could yet be passed fit.
Sam Mcqueen has already been ruled out, owing to a groin injury.
Last five: Arsenal LLLWW; Southampton LDDLL
Top scorers: Lacazette (Arsenal) 12; Austin (Southampton) 6
Match odds: H 11-20; D 16-5; A 92
Referee: Andre Marriner
Chelsea (5) v West Ham (14), Stamford Bridge, 4.30pm Chelsea could have both Thibaut Courtois (hamstring) and Pedro fit. David Luiz (knee) and Ethan Ampadu (ankle) remain sidelined for Antonio Conte’s men. Michail Antonio needs a hamstring operation and will miss the rest of West Ham’s season, while midfielder Manuel Lanzini is still struggling with a knee injury. James Collins (hamstring) is another doubt while Winston Reid, Pedro Obiang, Andy Carroll and Sam Byram are long-term absentees.
Last five: Chelsea WLLWL; West Ham WLLLW
Top scorers: Hazard (Chelsea) 15; Arnautovic (West Ham) 9
Match odds: H 2-7; D 4-1; A 11-1
Referee: Kevin Friend